June was such a busy month! We had some great adventures and spent a nice chunk of time outside which is always wonderful. Fortunately our summer heat hasn't been as extreme yet as it was last year. I both love and loathe summer but it is so much easier to love it when it stays below 100 degrees.
Here's what I read in June:
Glitch, by Sarah Graley - I follow Sarah on Instagram and enjoy her comics so I was excited to try this middle grade graphic novel. It's about a girl who gets sucked into a video game and has to figure out what to do next. Also, she has a bff who she's promised to play this game with and has to deal with that fallout from not waiting to play the new game with her. My kids both enjoyed this one also.
Just Jamie, by Terri Libenson - This is another middle grade graphic novel that discusses some middle school friendship conflicts. It is well illustrated and covers those very real feelings and situations that make middle school so treacherous. It made me a little anxious but might be just the thing a middle schooler in your life is needing to read to understand how to navigate the trickier subtleties of relationships in that age range.
Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Rachel Hollis - I read Hollis's other book, Girl, Wash Your Face, and feel like there's a very particular subgroup of ladies that devour this type of literature and pep. For me it can be a little hit or miss but also depends on what mood I'm in. This book differs from Girl, Wash Your Face in that it's a direct plan of action and pep talk combo, designed to help you achieve your goals. Some of the info in here was really helpful and uplifting and some still feels a little entitled and recycled. It's a bit of that duality between the "i've done this all by myself" and "be authentic and show all the help you get" which can get a little frustrating to see so often. I still think there is great advice in this book, but it's worth approaching with critical thinking in mind.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb - I loved this look behind the curtain of therapy. Gottlieb's journey towards becoming a therapist was fascinating and interesting to read, and her honesty is so refreshing and helpful from both a patient and a professional viewpoint. I hope more people will read this, it seems criminally under-hyped to me. Therapy is so helpful!
A Conspiracy in Belgravia, and The Hollow of Fear, by Sherry Thomas - These are the second and third installments in the Lady Sherlock series and they're all such fun. It's a delight to spend time with these characters and the plots are compelling and original. It's wonderful to read, and being in the mind and capable words of Thomas is such a fun joy to me, it's like how you can fall totally asleep when someone you really trust is driving. Weird example? Probably. I often worry about continuing a series that the rest of the books won't be any good, especially if I loved the first one. These just get better and better and I can't wait for the fourth one to come out later this year. *Excellent on audio if that's a format you enjoy*
Unicorn Bowling, by Dana Simson - This is one of my children's favorite graphic novel/comics series. Phoebe and her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, get up to all sorts of adventures and mischief and have another round of those wonderful things in this collection of comics. It's clever and charming, funny and creative, and perfect if you're in the mood for something different. I like reading these in between bigger books with heavier subjects or just as a brain cleanser. They're silly and sometimes I need more silly in my reading life, and in my brain!
Fix Her Up, by Tessa Bailey - This is a contemporary romance about a charming woman who has never been taken seriously, maybe because she's the youngest in her family and is a professional birthday clown. She has bigger plans than people expect and is quite a sassy lady. When a baseball phenom self-implodes and returns home who was also her childhood crush they strike up a deal in which she pretends to be his wholesome girlfriend to help land a job, and he in turn will get people to take her more seriously. This is a really fast read that is quite steamy on the page, so it will definitely make you blush. A LOT. But you're an adult (I'm assuming) and can turn the pages however and whenever you like. *For your consideration: some people give the side-eye to romance novels and romance readers. I sure used to. Here's what changed my mind and got me to give them a try - I would much rather read about a consensual relationship that I know is going to end happily - as they do in romance novels - than read about harmful and trauma inducing sexual assaults that are often described in more "high brow" literature. *
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